Innovation Depot just announced the eight startups who made it into their Velocity Accelerator program. With over 50 companies’ applications, let’s meet the final eight that made this year’s cut.Continue reading “Meet the 8 startups who made the cut in Innovation Depot’s 2021 Velocity Accelerator”
Funding your business can be stressful, and sometimes customer revenue alone isn’t enough to help you reach your next milestones. You’ve thought about raising venture capital but don’t really want to give up too much equity. What are your other options? Come hear from industry leaders and get all your alternative capital questions answered!
About Republic: Republic is where both accredited and non-accredited investors meet entrepreneurs and access high-growth potential deals across a range of private markets. Entrepreneurs can seek funding from a wider base of diverse investors while simultaneously growing a loyal base and leveraging Republic’s private investment network.
About Collab Capital: Collab’s mission is to establish a new institution that provides a viable pathway to sustained wealth for the Black community. They establish this pathway by investing in tech and tech-enabled companies through efficient capital and effective connections between Black innovators, investors, and influencers.
About IndieVC: Indie.vc is a program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability. They believe deeply that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. On average, the companies backed have increased revenues over 100% in the first 12 months of the program and around 300% after 24 months post-investment.
About Clearbanc: Clearbanc is the world’s largest eCommerce investor and specializes in providing non-dilutive growth capital.
About Fleeting: Fleeting provides shippers & motor carriers direct access to reliable fleets & to flexible CDL drivers who operate them. – Their CEO was the first African American male to raise $1M+ via equity crowdfunding.
Birmingham is no stranger to startups and fresh job opportunities. Not to toot our own horn, but the Magic City is the fastest-growing market in the Venture for America network. That’s why Birmingham attracted twenty-three new Venture for America fellows from around the country to work at local startups. Keep reading to see why we’re kind of a big deal, and meet some of our future leaders.Continue reading “Birmingham’s booming startup scene attracts 23 Venture for America fellows + meet 6 of them”
While the rest of us were getting through the holidays and the first month of the new decade, Birmingham’s startup scene was buzzing. Find out why these seven startup initiatives are in the news.Continue reading “Spotlight on 7 innovations in Birmingham, AL’s startup scene, including Black Girl Ventures”
It’s time for REV Birmingham‘s 5th annual “The Big Pitch.” During the event, five local startups will compete to show how their idea will improve downtown Birmingham. Learn more about the five contestants!Continue reading “Everything you need to know about REV Birmingham’s “The Big Pitch” on Nov 23″
Ever left a holiday party with a gift card you knew you would never use? Or maybe you have a stack of gift cards to Starbucks that could buy 100 lattes, but you really wish you could use that money to buy groceries for the month. Prepaid2Cash is a tech company in California that offers users a solution. They’re relocating to Birmingham, and we’ve got the scoop.Continue reading “Tech company to relocate from California to Birmingham – CEO is “blown away” by the city”
An “A” team of individuals and investors have invested in a $25 million to fund that will fund early-stage startups. The Alabama Futures Fund (AFF) launches the largest seed-stage investment fund in Alabama’s history. Continue reading “Alabama Futures Fund gets $25 Million to fund early stage startups from an A team of investors including Charles Barkley”
Birmingham’s startups are doing B I G things and we want you to know it. Check out the highlights here.
There has been a lot of buzz about Shipt since Target bought it for $550 million last December. Now Shipt’s CEO Bill Smith has invested in a startup that just finished the Velocity Accelerator program.
Alabama as an emerging force in innovation
Since 2014, EDPA’s imerge innovation awards ceremony has celebrated Alabama companies who are the most innovative in the state. Continue reading “Alabama Sawyer, Edifyonline and Wyndy talk about their experience in the Alabama Launchpad competition; imerge 2018 is July 12”
Here’s your recap of Velocity Accelerator’s Demo Day. Check out everything that you missed here.
Alabama Launchpad announces Finale Startup competition winners and they are Birmingham startups; Pointz and O3 Solution.
With local technology companies expanding and exciting software development conferences on the horizon, Birmingham’s tech scene is hot right now.
It’s the stuff of fairy tales…or the reality show Shark Tank. Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 finalist pitched their business start-up ideas to a panel of judges in REV Birmingham’s Fourth Annual Big Pitch by PNC.
A while back, I reviewed Lucky Cat Rolled Creams. Spoiler: it’s amazing. This weekend, I interviewed Hannah Slamen – one half of the founding couple. She spoke to me about franchising, being spontaneous, starting a small business and more! Let’s get to learning. Continue reading “Lucky Cat Rolled Creams co-founder Hannah Slamen has advice for startups”